LASIK Versus EVO ICL: Which One Is Better for You?


Many people who want to eliminate the hassle and financial burden of contact lenses and glasses find a solution through LASIK surgery. Other procedures, such as EVO ICL, may be a viable alternative for those who are not eligible for the LASIK procedure.

To realize your goal of better vision, contact a ophthalmologist  who has experience in providing both services.  They will work with you to explain the benefits of either procedure.

The following information will give you the insight required to see which is better for you - LASIK or EVO ICL.

How LASIK Works

LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is much more well-known than EVO ICL. This FDA-approved laser eye surgery reshapes your cornea to correct your vision, thereby making it possible for you to see without the need for glasses or contacts.

LASIK is recommended to treat patients who are diagnosed with myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism (blurry or distorted vision).

There are two steps to the LASIK treatment. Your surgeon will begin by using a laser to create a transparent corneal flap. This happens quickly, in around six seconds.

Your surgeon will then use a separate laser to reconstruct your cornea to correct your eyesight. The corneal flap returns to its normal place and forms a natural bandage once the treatment is complete. The anesthetic eye drops used during the procedure will prevent any problems with discomfort or pain.

What is EVO ICL?

An "Implantable Collamer Lens," or ICL, is a super slim lens implanted in the eye to address vision defects. EVO ICL, unlike LASIK, PRK, and other therapies, does not include the removal of the corneal tissue, making it suitable for patients with thin corneas.

The replacement lens is analogous to a permanent contact lens. It is detachable, modifiable, and increases daylight and nighttime visibility. The process lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and is completely painless.

The EVO ICL procedure has evolved through time, as have the majority of surgical treatments. Available since 2005, the IVO treatment process initially corrected only myopia. Now it is used to repair myopia and astigmatism for vision correction.

The recovery time for LASIK and EVO ICL surgery is frequently short, which is encouraging to anyone leading a busy life. In fact, most surgery patients are able to resume normal activities a few days following treatment.  However, you do have to avoid excessive exercise for one week and swimming for several weeks after the surgery.

Additional Aspects to Consider

Ideal EVO ICL candidates are between 21 and 45 years old and have had a stable prescription for at least a year.

To receive LASIK treatment, you must be at least 18 years old, have had a stable prescription for at least one year, be in good general health, and have no history of eye disease to be eligible.

Because it is less invasive and more cost-effective, LASIK is typically the treatment of choice for suitable applicants.

The Refractive Surgery Council reports that less than one percent of LASIK patients experience complications. Side effects may include dry eyes, light sensitivity, and halos, which are typically temporary.

Call Cohen Laser & Vision Center - The Top Eye Care Specialists in Florida

To learn more about LASIK and EVL ISO, you can schedule an appointment to further review your options. Cohen Laser & Vision Center in Boca Raton specializes in corneal and LASIK care and the surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts.

Call us anytime at (561) 981-8400 for an appointment and consultation, or request an appointment through the form at the top of this page.